Bidding documents for the beach expansion project in Sister Bay are expected to be released next week. Village President Dave Lienau says the necessary DNR permits have been secured in order to complete a project envisioned as part of the waterfront master plan public participation project in 2007. Lienau said he was excited about the prospect that the new beach will be ready next summer & thanked the public for supporting the project. He noted that downtown Sister Bay, the new beach, the performance pavilion, & the marina will be a destination of choice for visitors to northern Door County. Key features of the project include:
-An expanded swimming beach
-The relocation of the grass volleyball court to the sand beach
-Retaining the size, shape & location of the swim dock
-Removing the sheet pile & wooden crib docks
-Creating a quiet craft beach launch area
-Building a rock groin to shape the beach & reduce the need for dredging
-Planting special beach vegetation to separate the water from the beach & protect water quality
-Relocating the existing storm water outfall.
With luck, the beach & pavilion projects could be completed in May or June of next year.
The Village of Sister Bay has also been working on relocating sanitary water mains & storm sewers on Bay Shore Drive between Scandia Road & Gateway Drive. According to Robert Kufrin, interim Village Administrator, bids for that work will be opened next week & a contractor presented for approval to the village board at the October 8th board meeting. In addition, the project is expected to include separate contracts to bury all of the overhead utility lines in downtown Sister Bay during a period running from February through May of 2014. The work will precede the department of transportation’s roadway construction project now scheduled for 2015.